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Ode to geeky food blogs…

Once this blog was started, like any geek, I wanted to make fantasy into reality… The easiest way possible? FOOD of course!

There is a plethora of phenomenal food blogs out there, but today, here is a few of my favourite blogs to visit:

The Geeky Chef

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The Geeky Chef is probably one of those most well-rounded and creative geek food blog I have seen to date.  She covers everything from Books, movies, TV shoes and video games.  It truly is an inspiration to those who want to follow with this type of blog.

The Middle-Earth Foodie

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The Middle-Earth Foodie is a great blog for big Lord of The Rings fan.  It takes the recipes found on Middle-Earth Recipes (which is a very thorough site of recipes from The Lord of the Rings) and brings them to life with lovely photographs.  Fabulous compilation!

NewEgg Pinterest Board

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Lastly, The NewEgg Pinterest Board.  Although this is not a geek food blog, this board is dedicated to all geeky foods.  Some of these creations are gorgeous and very intricate – this board is definitely something to enjoy!

Never let anything stop you from bringing to life, that is made of dreams…
Nahren

Cheers to Butterbeer!

What is Butterbeer?

“Butterbeer is a popular wizarding beverage described as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly

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butterscotch.”  Butterbeer is served cold in bottles and hot in “foaming tankards”. In Hogsmeade, it’s sold at The Three Broomsticks and The Hog’s Head, although the fact that the latter pub’s stock was

described as “very dusty” suggests that it was

not sold there very often. In Diagon Alley, the drink has been known to be sold at the Leaky Cauldron.

Sounds familiar?

Butterbeer has appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Alcoholic

It may have a very slight alcohol content, which could get house-elves in a drunk-like state,though an antidote to this exists. It seems to have aless pronounced effect on humans than smaller creatures such as house-elves, but humans can still fall “under the influence” of it.

Where to get some?

Butterbeer can be found at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, Universal Studios.  It can be served either cold with a taste similar to cream soda or frozen as a slush with a butterscotch-like foam on top.  Butterbeer is also served at The Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London, England.

Roots?

Butterbeer may be based on Buttered Beer, which was a real drink. The earliest reference to Buttered Beer is from, ‘The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin’ published in London in 1588 A.D., made from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter back in Tudor times. Another old recipe for Buttered Beer, published by Robert May in 1664 A.D., from his recipe book, ‘The Accomplisht Cook’ calls for liquorish root and anniseeds to be added. British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal recreated it for his Tudor Feast.”*

*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki

Can’t make to the pub?

No worries, sometimes it’s just too cold to make the trek.

Here’s how you can make your own butterbeer at home!

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Ingredients:

  • 1-355 ml bottle of old fashioned cream soda (I used Stewarts)
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla butter or vanilla extract
  • 2 tbls. Butterscotch (sundae topping words great)
  • 1 tbls. water

Topping:

  • 1 heaping tbls. of whipped topping
  • 1 tsp icing sugar

Directions:

  1. Add vanilla, butterscotch and water at the bottom of a glass and stir until dissolved.
  2. Pour in a little cream soda stir well, and then top off with the remaining cream soda.
  3. Mix whipped topping and icing sugar until smooth.
  4. Spoon over top of the butterbeer and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy a little bit of the Three Broomsticks come to life!  Until next time…

Cheers,
Nahren

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

In a previous post, I touched base on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  I discussed existing flavours, experiences, all in a quick review with a lovely photo.  But, I think I’d like to explain Bertie Botts a little more in detail.

What are Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean?

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The history in the Harry Potter series states that “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are the same as Muggle (non-magical folk) jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavour any given bean is without tasting it, although you can try and guess by the colour.

The inventor of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans was Bertie Bott, who created them in mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets from food, but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of “a risk with every mouthful!””*

A compilation of known flavours can be found on Mugglenet.

-*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

How did we get Bertie Bott’s here in the ‘Muggle’ world?

“In the real world, Jelly Belly released jelly beans with selected flavours from the series. There are currently 25 flavours available. The Bertie Bott’s candies may have been inspired by Jelly Belly, which produces jellybeans in unexpected flavours like jalapeno and encourages consumers to eat different-flavoured jellybeans in combination to create different flavours.”*  -*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

Jelly Belly

Try, if you dare…

Today, you will have a harder time finding the interesting flavours from the times of Bertie Bott, but Jelly Belly does have lovely jelly beans with a very neat spectrum of flavours.  Give them a try, they are delicious and very realistic!

In regards to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, I did try a few, rotten cheese, pencil shavings, black pepper… Very, um, different.  It wasn’t very tasty and the point was proven, “a risk with every mouthful”!

Cheers,
Nahren

Harry Potter – Pumpkin Juice

    “What did you expect? …Pumpkin juice!?”
    —Madam Pomfrey after Harry Potter spat out the Skele-Gro.

What is pumpkin juice?

“Pumpkin juice is a beverage made from pumpkins. Manufactured since 1837 by London Pumpkins & Sons, it is extremely popular in the wizarding world, particularly among the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is drunk at any occasion, such as breakfast, lunch, at feasts or on other occasions. It seems to have taken on the same role that orange juice has in the Muggle world. Pumpkin juice is readily available, and can be purchased on the Hogwarts Express”*.

-*Adapted from the Harry Potter Wiki

Appearances

Pumpkin juice has appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

You can also purchase pumpkin juice in the Muggle world at the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando.

Broom in the shop?

No problem!  You can make your own pumpkin juice at home!

Pumpkin Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 cups Apple Juice
  • 200 ml Apricot Nectar
  • 1 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tbls. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 tbls. Sugar

Directions:

  1. Add sugar and pumpkin pie spice together in a separate bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour water, apple juice and apricot nectar into a large bowl and stir.
  3. Whisk in pumpkin puree until fully incorporated.
  4. Take sugar and spice mix and add to juice mixture, mix well.
  5. Serve chilled or strained with ice.  Enjoy!

Cheers,
Nahren

Monday’s Class Treat is Back – Licorice Wands from Harry Potter!

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Upon reading the Harry Potter series and watching the movies, one of the first treats you hear about are licorice wands.  Licorice wands have appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

What is a licorice wand?

“A Liquorice Wand is a wizarding sweet that is presumably shaped like a wand. They are sold on the on the Hogwarts Express food trolley and at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.”

History

  • 1991 – Harry Potter bought every sweet available from the food trolley on the Hogwarts Express, including some Liquorice Wands, as he had never had wizarding sweets before and wanted to try everything he could.
  • 1994 – On the Hogwarts Express, Ron thinks about buying one before realising that it was too expensive.
  • 1995 – “Liquorice wand” was one of several password guesses Harry Potter made when he wanted to gain entrance to the Headmaster’s office, so that he could tell Albus Dumbledore about a vision he had involving Lord Voldemort.
  • 1996 – Horace Slughorn invited several students to his compartment on the Hogwarts Express, in order to find new members for the Slug Club. He told his guests that he had brought his own lunch, as he recalled the trolley being “heavy on Liquorice Wands,” and felt that such things would not sit well with “a poor old man’s digestive system.””*

*Information adapted from the Harry Potter Wiki.

How to make your own Licorice wands!

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Licorice wands are very easy to make!  It is mainly up to your creativity, You can dip licorice in milk or dark chocolate if you prefer, with or without sprinkles, or just plain licorice with a paper handle, the sky is the limit!

This is my take on licorice wands.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Melt white chocolate chips/candy melts in a double boiler until smooth and fully melted.
  2. Dip and twist 1/4 of the licorice in melted chocolate and tap off excess.
  3. Roll in sprinkles or sugar until fully covered.
  4. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Take the licorice wands out of the refrigerator and let them get to room temperature.
  6. Share and enjoy!

Licorice wands should be enjoyed freshly made but will last about three days at room temperature or a week in the fridge, in an air tight container.

Now, repeat after me… Accio Licorice Wand,
-Nahren

#BSMRCCE To-Do List

You ever have so much to do, eventually you need or want to just write it down?  Well here are a few items on my list, off the top of my head, for anticipated items to do over the next week or two.

Bake

  • Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake
    • Create shopping list, style of cake and distribution
  • Cupcakes
  • Geek Food
  • Monday Class Treats

Read

  • Latest in social media
  • Read text book up to chapter 4
  • Fellow classmate blogs
  • Book for book report

Homework

  • Write daily blog posts
  • Write on particular post on sushi and social media
  • Write blog posts on aforementioned baked goods
  • Write book report, due March 18
  • Comment on classmate blogs
  • Tweet

Geek Out

  • Prepare for Toronto ComiCon
    • Geek Recipes
    • Geek Food
    • Geek News
    • Geek Items
    • Geek Chic

Have I forgotten something?  Do you share most of these tasks?

Stay Tuned,
Nahren

Food Magazines

Good evening all…

Today, I finally got to those food magazines of mine that have been calling my name. Very nice, although I was a bit behind as they were for Christmas time, with the exception of Jamie Oliver’s magazine which was on curries.

I Love Jamie Oliver, I have many of his cookbooks and I would enjoy a subscription to his magazine, but it is rather pricey… Hmm, we’ll see, maybe I’ll buy myself a birthday gift ;).  I also have about four cookbooks to read and two London, UK, specific books to read.

So much to read, so little time!  Hopefully I get into a bit more tomorrow.  I’ll also be baking tomorrow in Cookbooksorder to bring it in for Monday night.  I’m pretty certain about what I will be baking, but I’m going to think it over before I commit.

Hmm, I think I’ll take a photo of my current reads for you all to see :).

Until tomorrow my dears,
Nahren 🙂

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